Matt Cassell threw three touchdowns in the first half and finished with 314 yards and no interceptions to lead the Kansas City Chiefs within a game of clinching the AFC West.
Tennesse was outgained 458 to 270 and managed only 57 yards on the ground on 16 attempts. The Titans played an uninspired game as they missed tackles, dropped passes, and made a handful of mental mistakes.
With a 24-7 lead late in the first half, Eric Berry picked off a Kerry Collins pass and took it 54 yards to take a 31-7 lead and hand the Titans their seventh loss in eight games. Collins was 14 for 37 with 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The sole highlight for the Titans came on a 53 yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt which helped Collins become only the 12th quarterback to eclipse 40,000 career yards.
Dwayne Bowe had a game high 153 receiving yards as he torched the Titans secondary with six receptions and a touchdown.
It’s safe to say that the wheels have finally fallen off the bus for the Tennessee Titans, as fights nearly broke out at several points in the game. The frustration boiled over and resulted in nine penalties for 74 yards, including three personal foul penalties, proving again why they are one of the most penalized teams in the league.
Tennessee’s Kerry Collins completed 14-of-37 throws for 235 yards with two touchdowns and became just the 12th quarterback in league history to throw for more than 40,000 yards. He also moved past Joe Montana into ninth place all-time with 3,411 career completions.
Chris Johnson carried 14 times for 58 yards and became only the 10th running back in league history to run for 1,200 yards in each of his first three seasons for the Titans (6-9), who have dropped seven of their last eight games.
The Chiefs marched right down the field on seven plays on the game’s first possession to take the lead. Charles covered the last 14 yards of the drive on a screen pass to make it 7-0 only 3:41 into the contest.
The tandem of Cassel and Charles connected again on the hosts second drive to extend the lead to 14-0 with 1:52 remaining in the opening stanza.
On 2nd-and-goal from the five, Cassel checked down and lofted a lead pass that Charles caught and took into the right side of the end zone to finish off a 10-play, 61-yard drive.
Ryan Succop’s 35-yard field goal gave the Chiefs a 17-0 with 11 1/2 minutes to go in the first half.
Bowe caught a Cassell pass on the move at his own 45, turned upfield and outraced four defenders down the middle to complete a career-long 75-yard catch-and-run that put the hosts ahead 24-0 with 7:19 remaining before the intermission.
Tennessee finally got untracked with 4:15 to go before the half when Collins hit Kenny Britt inside the Chiefs 10 on a deep pass and the second-year wideout lugged a defender into the end zone to cut the lead to 24-7 on the 53- yard scoring play.
After Succop missed a field goal with 42 ticks to play before the break, Collins was intercepted two plays later by Eric Berry, who broke three tackles en route to going 54 yards to paydirt to increase the margin to 31-7 with 22 seconds remaining.
Succop added a 42-yard boot with 5:43 to go in the third quarter to extend the Chiefs lead to 34-7. The short scoring drive was set up by Javier Arenas’ 29- yard punt return to the Titans 28.
Tennessee took advantage of a personal foul penalty that wiped out a Kendrick Lewis interception and finished off a 69-yard drive with a 22-yard scoring strike from Collins to Jared Cook with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third that made it a 34-14 contest.
“Both of them are extremely talented, both of them work hard,” Collins said of the second-year duo of Britt and Cook. “They are getting better and better all the time and provide some hope for the future.”
The loss dropped the Titans to 6-9 on the season, after starting 5-2. Tennessee will end the season at Indianapolis, once again traveling to an AFC opponent with more than just a job to play for.